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Six Nations Cup- International Games
Clubs from France had the most Titles with 7 ( and an astonishing 10 runner ups French teams, England has 6 Championships with 5 runner ups, Ireland has 6 Championships also with 3 runner ups. Wales and Italy have not reached the Final game yet but have made strides.
France’s Top 14 League
Premier Rugby England has a Rugby league called the English Premiership (Aviva Premiership Rugby) Rugby League. The English league consist of 12 teams most notably the Leicester Tigers with 10 Championships, Bath with 6 Championships and Wasps with 6 Championships. The English national team draws players from this very competitive league. England has a robust league with promotion/regulation to a 12 team lower division.
The biggest rivalry is between the 2 Irish Provinces: Leinster vs Munster. Leinster (Dublin) plays every league game at the very nice RDS Stadium except when they play Munster. Leinster host Munster at Aviva Stadium and usually have a sellout with 51,000. Munster plays in the small Musgrave stadium (Cork) except when they play Leinster (Dublin). This game is played in the beautiful Thomond Park which is usually a sellout of 26,000. Attendance for the entire league has increased from 3,802 average in the 2003-2004 season to 8,205 average last year 2013-14. So over the last 10 years attendance has more than doubled. It is a good sign that the league is expanding when Italy joined and added 2 more teams in the 2010-11 season.
So as you can see Leinster(Dublin) has the biggest fans base by far. The rivalry between Leinster (Dublin) and Munster (Cork-Limerick) is what will drive this league. There seems to be enough interest in Dublin to field a second club....but I am getting ahead of myself.